Pol Espargaro is relieved to be able to compete at Misano uninjured after he was caught up in a nasty incident involving Loris Baz on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Frenchman Baz has been ruled out after sustaining two fractures to his right foot and has been replaced in the Avintia Racing team by Xavi Fores.
Espargaro, though, walked away unhurt and has been given the all-clear to race in San Marino, where he has fond memories of past successes.
“Firstly, I have to start by saying that I am lucky to have walked away unhurt after the nasty incident in Silverstone. The weekend in Great Britain was tricky due to the mixed weather conditions, which made the qualifying difficult, and then the race itself, which was cut short before I even began,” said the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider.
“After the crash, I was checked over by the medical staff, but I'm thankful to say that I didn't pick up any injuries. This means that I will be fine to ride in San Marino, and there I hope my fortune will change and I can have a more positive time as opposed to the past few races. In 2014, I finished in sixth and I also won the Moto2 race in my title-winning year, plus I scored a podium there the season before.
“Therefore, I definitely have some good memories at the track and I hope to add even more in the next few days,” Espargaro added. “Ducati have been testing in Misano recently, but Yamaha have a strong history there, so I am feeling confident as the bike suits the track.”
Espargaro is ninth in the championship table, five points behind Britain's Cal Crutchlow and still very right in contention to end the season as the top independent rider.